Appeal for retained firefighters in Devon and Somerset

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A fire service in the south-west of England is appealing for retained firefighters.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is looking for people in Hatherleigh, Lynton, Seaton, Modbury and Crewkerne.

A spokesman said that despite receiving a lot of applications, many people found it difficult to remain on call and available because of work.

The service has 1,200 retained firefighters and 800 who are full-time.

Group Commander Pete Bond said: "We're trying to extend our availability and ensure we get a wide range of people and reflect those we're serving."

He added that people with impaired hearing and sight, dyslexia and diabetes would also be considered for the role.

Mr Bond said that each case would be treated individually and hearing aids, sight tests and safety glasses could be provided.

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